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Technical Leadership

Earn a bachelor’s with the leadership and supervisory skills employers seek when hiring and promoting!

Degrees & Offerings
  • B.A.S.
  • Bloomsburg
  • Lock Haven
  • Mansfield
  • Online
Program Contact
Technical Leadership Coordinator
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Employers are constantly searching for professionals with expertise and supervisory skills needed to take charge of technical workgroups, project teams and service departments. Our Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership (BASTL) program builds on the expertise you’ve gained from your associate degree program. These courses add skills in business communication and collaboration, online team leadership, project management, staff training development, workplace diversity, accounting and budgets, intercultural communication, and conflict resolution.  

This technical leadership program brings a CU bachelor’s degree to you at your local community college using online courses. Partner institutions include Bucks County Community College, Community College of Philadelphia, Harrisburg Area Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Northampton Community College, and Reading Area Community College, but associate degrees from all PA community colleges are welcome. Learn more at our Articulation Agreements page.

A Flexible Program to Complete Your Bachelor's

Graduates of all associate degree programs and working professionals with an associate degree enter the Technical Leadership program as juniors. Courses are offered online using asynchronous and synchronous delivery methods to accommodate the needs of working professionals.  

Students near the end of their associate degree program may dual-enroll and start Technical Leadership degree courses while completing their associate degree. Working professionals without an associate degree may complete their associate degree part-time at one of our partner community colleges and then transfer seamlessly into the BASTL degree program.  

Or ... Get a Jump-Start!  

High school and CTC school students may often dual-enroll during their junior and senior years, enter a technical or service-related associate degree program (sometimes with up to a full semester of college completed), and then transfer seamlessly into the Technical Leadership program. 

The Message from Employers is Clear:

There is a need for people who are skilled in their fields and can work effectively with their supervisors, colleagues, and clients. It is a growing trend for technical, service, and healthcare work to be conducted in teams and workgroups. In this rapidly changing, globalized economy, companies seek professionals who are ready to assume leadership roles in project teams, workgroups, and service departments. The Technical Leadership program provides the skills you will need to advance in your field, including:  

  • Business Communication and Report Writing
  • Leading Virtual Teams  
  • Project Management  
  • Intercultural Communication  
  • Instructional Design  
  • eLearning Concepts  
  • Conflict Management  
  • Accounting for Supervisors  
  • Website Development  
  • Information and Technology Management Applications 

Course Delivery Format



  Lock Haven






Courses and Curriculum

Degree Requirements  Degree Works

Note: Degree requirements effective for enrolled students beginning Fall 2023. All enrolled students, including matriculating students prior to Fall 2023, can review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion with our degree audit and advisement tool, Degree Works.

Degree Requirements  Degree Works

Note: Degree requirements effective for enrolled students beginning Fall 2023. All enrolled students, including matriculating students prior to Fall 2023, can review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion with our degree audit and advisement tool, Degree Works.

Technical Leadership courses are tightly chosen or designed around the competencies that will enhance the careers of the graduates of the degree completion program. The Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for the Commonwealth University core courses of the program are listed below. The program assumes that the students have a solid foundation in a subject area from the associate degree and/or their specialization courses.

  1. Foster and develop trust and group identity among team members to create a team environment that encourages accountability, creativity, and innovation while motivating others toward goal accomplishment.  
  2. Communicate effectively in professional situations using a variety of methods.
  3. Identify situations where training is required to meet individual, team, department, and organization goals. Design training and determine the best method to deliver necessary training.
  4. Use communication and project management skills to work effectively as part of a team to create limited-term projects.
  5. Describe the leadership concepts and objectives, management principles, human resource issues, organizational economics, strategic planning, technology integration, product and program development, and accounting principles that affect the functioning of a technology area or department in an organization.

The Commonwealth U DIFFERENCE

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Toward the end of his first semester at Harrisburg Area Community College in 2009, Nathan Bobb got a call from a friend in the pop-punk band Handguns. Its bass guitar player quit midway through the inaugural tour: Could Bobb fill in for at least two weeks
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College of Distinction
CU-Bloomsburg has earned national recognition as a College of Distinction, honored for its quality and high-impact practices.
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BASTL Graduate Joins B. Braun Medical
Ashley Solderitz joins B. Braun Medical Inc. as a production supervisor for the Specialty Products Manufacturing Department. Along with Production Supervisor Michael Greer and Controls Engineer Aaron Krock, Solderitz is now the third BASTL graduate to be

Technical Leadership Deep Dive

Bastl Racing - 2018

Race Fan's BASTL Helps Rev Up Career

“I see a lot of job postings and the requirements always start with the need for a degree,’’ said Jaime Juan Guerrero, who is in the process of interviewing with a number of automotive manufacturing facilities. “It’s a great program that works well with the classes offered at HACC or Dixon and online. They are set up so even if you have a full-time job or a family, you have enough time for everything. Before when companies learned I didn’t have a bachelor's I didn’t make it past the first stage, but now that I almost have my degree companies are looking at me.’’

Adam Campbell in the cockpit of a plane

BASTL Helps Selector Reach for the Skies

"I look at the BASTL program as beneficial, both in case I ever pursue a career outside aviation as well as giving me management skills that will help me if I become (an airline) captain at some point," said Adam J. Campbell, who earned his BASTL degree in December 2017. “As a captain, I’ll be the leader of the whole crew, and I think the skills I learned in the BASTL program will help me manage everyone on the plane more effectively.’’

Program Contacts

CommonwealthU University Employee

Helmut Doll

  • Technical Leadership Coordinator
  • Bloomsburg
CommonwealthU University Employee

R. Lynn Hummel

  • Associate Professor of Instructional Design and Technology
  • Bloomsburg
CommonwealthU University Employee

Jessica Briskin

  • MSIDT Program Coordinator, Associate Professor
  • Bloomsburg

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